MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It was slated to be a celebration of Barry
Alvarez's 16 seasons as Wisconsin coach. Iowa refused to play
The Hawkeyes ruined Alvarez's going away party Saturday, beating
the 19th-ranked Badgers 20-10 and dashing the thin hopes Wisconsin
had of sharing a piece of the Big Ten title.
Alvarez, who will step down after this season but remain as
Wisconsin's athletic director, built a program that has been known
for a punishing running game and a solid defense.
But Wisconsin had neither Saturday as Iowa (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten)
dominated both sides of the ball in the final three quarters and
became bowl eligible for the fifth straight season.
"The second half they flat out beat us up front," Alvarez
A record crowd filled Camp Randall to commemorate Alvarez's last
home game. The school gave out thousands of white towels to fans
that read, "Thanks Coach. Job well done." Following the game, the
a montage of Alvarez's highlights was shown on the scoreboard.
Among the best moments were three Rose Bowl wins and a 7-3 mark in
"It's hard after a loss to sit there and reflect on the 16
years," said Alvarez, who is 116-73-4.
Wisconsin (8-3, 5-3) seemed poised to send Alvarez out a winner
early, jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and moving
the ball largely through the air. But Iowa clamped down from there
as the Wisconsin offense sputtered to just 72 more yards before its
final drive of the game with the outcome well out of reach.
The Badgers' line had been a strength all season, but it gave up
nine sacks in a loss to Penn State last week as running back Brian
Calhoun was held to just 38 yards. Missing left guard Matt
Lawrence, who was injured last week, the Badgers struggled
offensively again. John Stocco was constantly under pressure and
sacked six times, while Calhoun was held to a career-low 18 yards
on 15 carries.
"We were in an attack mode instead of laying back," Iowa
defensive back Jovon Johnson said. "In the second half, we got
more pressure up front. We did what we wanted to do."
Iowa tied up on the game at 10 in the third quarter after an
eight-play, 75 yard drive when Drew Tate hit Champ Davis on
third-and-goal from the 6.
Already thin at defensive line, Wisconsin lost defensive end
Matthew Shaughnessy on the play, and Iowa seemed to exploit the
hole he left behind with its running game.
Albert Young ran for 44 yards on the next Iowa drive before Tate
hit Ryan Majerus for a 13-yard touchdown pass. The Hawkeyes took
their first lead at 17-10, and Wisconsin didn't come close to
Young finished with 127 yards on 26 carries, the sixth
consecutive game he's gone over the 100-yard mark and seventh time
this season. He now has 1,198 yards rushing, the sixth best season
total in Iowa history.
Young's strong second half ensured the Hawkeyes wouldn't repeat
last week's performance, when they blew a 27-14 lead in the final
minutes and lost to Northwestern 28-27. Iowa's only blemish in the
fourth quarter was Young's fumble at the Wisconsin 2 with 1:21
"It was our offensive line doing the job and Albert making the
play," Tate said. "We just kept doing what we planned. It wasn't
any one player we went after. It didn't matter who was out there."
Despite his struggles Saturday, Calhoun now has 1,274 yards
rushing and 556 yards receiving on the year, just the second player
in Big Ten history to top 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards
receiving in the same season. The first to do it was Iowa's Ronnie
Harmon in 1985 with 1,166 yards rushing and 699 yards receiving.
"You play extra hard for the seniors who have given this
program so much and for coach Alvarez, who has given this program
so much, and it's hard to give this one up," said Badgers
defensive back Joe Stellmacher, a junior. "I mean, it's tough. We
still had a lot to play for and just didn't get it done."
In a way, Alvarez's coaching career came full circle Saturday. A
high school coach in small-town Iowa back in the 1970s, he got his
first college job at Iowa under former coach Hayden Fry. After a
pit stop at Notre Dame, Alvarez came to Wisconsin for his first
head coaching job in college, taking over a program that had been
mired in mediocrity and turning it into a consistent winner.
In the last game before Alvarez came to Wisconsin, an announced
crowd of 29,776 showed up at Camp Randall as the Badgers finished
the 1989 season 2-9. On Saturday, 83,184 packed Camp Randall.
The Badgers have one more regular-season game at Hawaii on Nov.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Iowa outscored Wisconsin 17-0 in the second half in coach Barry Alvarez's final home game.
Gameball goes to... Iowa's defense, which pitched a shutout after allowing 10 points in the first. RB Brian Calhoun was held to 38 yards.
Stat of the game... 83,184: The announced attendance at Camp Randall Stadium for Barry Alvarez's home finale.